London Metropolitan University

Course Introduction

Why study this course?

Our Design for Cultural Commons MA course is ideal if you are critical of current inequalities within companies and institutions that shape our lives. This MA addresses this through developing new innovative, socially ethical and applied practice models or influencing existing institutions towards a more equitable society. The models are based on methods of co-design, collaboration and conflict embedded in the city. This course is predominantly practice and project based with an injection of theory to offer criticality to the work produced.

Throughout this course, you will develop your ethical practices and projects through the lens of the commons. The commons as a field of study is an emerging discourse coined as a post-capitalist solution to our current problems in social and economic inequality supporting methods to instigate power shifts. On the course you?ll learn how to design models of sharing resources -- these models include self-management, forms of resource use, authorship and ownership of our current cultural resources embedded in cities. These resources can be knowledge, nature, arts, architecture and laws, which we will articulate as part of our cultural ecosystem.

At the heart of the Commons are relationships, be it social, financial, spatial or political. This means models of collaboration, conflict, negotiation and working together is at the heart of this course. You'll learn to design how these shared assets are created, governed, used and distributed without overuse and abuse.

More about this course

This unique course is the first of its kind that hopes to expand on current practice models in the commons through experimenting with ethical practices in a variety of contexts. It teaches the discourse of commons, both historical and current. A third of the course will focus on setting up your future commons organisation through an incubation programme. To support your organisational design and project, we offer an array of optional modules ranging from public policies, social theories and citizenship to economies, social psychology, environmental law and digital media. This will be complemented by teaching you about art and design, visual communication, performance, architecture and photography.

There is also the opportunity to tailor your learning and construct your own unique curriculum.

You'll become a pioneer in the emerging practices of cultural and urban commons. You'll gain expertise in creative thinking towards asset-sharing, mutual resources, self-governance and peer-to-peer economic models. Collaborating with cultural institutions and government agencies will enable you to develop your organisation grounded in current policies.

The course will support you to be integrated within the network of the International Association for the Study of the Commons. This will enable you to gain awards, as well as access international collaboration opportunities and platforms for knowledge exchange following your MA.

We'll support you in applying for mentoring programmes following your MA, to develop your practice/initiative into a viable social enterprise.

Assessment

You will be assessed through individual and group presentations, case studies, reports, research proposals and a final project in the form of a practice portfolio and written thesis.

After the course

Should students want to gain employment they will have opportunities in:

1) UN-Habitat agencies

2) Local Government

3) Partners established during the MA

4) Organisations through European Commons network

5) Transition towns

6) Government research on future of cities.

Start Date:

2020-SEP-21. 2020-SEP-21.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £8,950 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £13,250 Overseas Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £8,950 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts European Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: You will be required to have: 2.1/2.2 honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject discipline If you have low qualifications but a portfolio of substantial relevant experience in the field of Commons or similar discourse you will be asked for an interview to demonstrate your competency for a postgraduate course on the Commons.
  • International entry requirements: You will be required to have: 2.1/2.2 honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject discipline If you have low qualifications but a portfolio of substantial relevant experience in the field of Commons or similar discourse you will be asked for an interview to demonstrate your competency for a postgraduate course on the Commons. English Requirement - You need to have: overall academic IELTS score of 6.0 including Listening: 5.5, Reading: 5.5, Writing: 5.5, Speaking: 5.5; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic Component scores required: Listening: 51; Reading: 51; Writing: 51; Speaking: 51; Cambridge English - Certificate of Proficiency overall grade required: C. A certifying statement of results is also required.